The week of October 24th was a weird week for lunches. My son was ill and was out of school for a couple days. My husband stayed home one day and I stayed home the other. It’s times like that when I wonder how single moms do it.
Pasta with sauce; spinach (CSA) and carrots (backyard); bacon; pepitas; applesauce
He ended up eating this lunch at home with Daddy. I know I offer a lot of bacon. He loves it (and so do I) and I think it’s good for him. And I’m finally going to ditch the applesauce cups. They might be convenient, but they are a waste of plastic. Child care menu: Turkey hot dog, rotini pasta, baby carrots with ranch dip, applesauce, Italian bread.
Homemade pad thai; leftover salad with carrots and bacon; pretzels; pepitas; apple slices
I made pad thai with jarred pad thai sauce and mung bean noodles (from a package). I told my husband that I will master pad thai before I die. Child care menu: Turkey and cheese wrap, mashed potatoes, corn, orange, rye bread.
Apple and orange slices; carrots; hard boiled eggs; raisins; graham crackers; bar
Definitely a “kid friendly” lunch. Also I haven’t been banned from sending raisins at this school, so I sent golden raisins (my favorite). I just felt like changing it up. Child care menu: Hamburger au jus, ketchup, mac and cheese, mixed veggies, apple, hamburger bun
Pepitas; ketchup; sliced hot dog; mashed potatoes; muffin; apple slices; carrots
Yes, I sent hot dogs in my son’s lunch. I so rarely serve hot dogs at home, but the night before I was desperate to get something on the table. Plus the new child care does have turkey hot dogs on the menu. I have to admit that I do enjoy a *good* hot dog. I don’t know if it’s cultural or what but I really like eating sausages. I am least 1/8 German after all! Because I don’t serve hot dogs for dinner very often, my son isn’t a huge fan (and neither is my husband). Child care menu: Chicken nuggets, pasta, mixed veggies, cinnamon sliced pears, wheat bread.
Roasted chicken with potatoes and beets; pepitas; mandarin oranges; KIND bars
I have discovered the wonder of roasting a whole chicken. It’s cheap (costs about $5 at the grocery store), easy (350 degrees for an hour), and there is a ton of chicken (always enough for leftovers and lunches). Roasted beets are DIVINE. There’s only one problem with beets: you will have pink pee, etc. Just be prepared.
Homemade pad thai; mandarin oranges; spinach salad with raisin; KIND bar
How did I make the pad thai? It’s not magic — I read the recipe on the back of the jar. I’m not able to “wing” things like this and so I think the pad thai was really good for a first effort by a non-Asian.
Two hard-boiled eggs; crackers; carrots; apple slices
Can you tell I was pressed for time? Have you noticed that the lunches at the end of the week are less complex? Yeah, I was running late. It’s my life story.
Hot dogs with sushi rice/quinoa mixture; ketchup; carrots; mandarin oranges
Yep, it was another crazy morning. I think Friday morning lunches are the worst most of the time. I’m usually running low on lunch containers too. I should be more disciplined about washing dishes mid-week.
My husband likes only plain quinoa so if I serve black quinoa, I cut it with another grain, usually rice. I bought some sushi rice (short grain) on sale and threw that in the pot with the quinoa. My husband and son love rice, but my son hates quinoa. He refuses to eat it. We got Charlie to eat a few bits of quinoa by telling him that Aaron Rodgers eats quinoa. Yes, he is a budding Packer fan (what can I say, I’m from Wisconsin). I asked my son if he wanted to call Aaron Rodgers and talk to him and he was thrilled. I had to fake it on my phone, but of course Charlie believed me. As I was ending my “conversation” with Aaron Rodgers, I asked my son if there was anything else he wanted to say to Aaron Rodgers. Charlie said there was. I held the phone up to Charlie and Charlie told Aaron Rodgers, “I ate quinoa!!” My husband and I both nearly died laughing, but my husband scolded me not to do it again. Of course tonight we ended up phoning Aaron Rodgers to tell him about my son running, falling on the plastic dustpan, getting a scratch, and needing a bandaid. Oh boy, what have I started!